The provision of the Voting Rights Act that states which jurisdictions must get federal permission for changes to their voting standards was struck down on Tuesday by a divided Supreme Court. The overall law remains in tact, but will require Congressional action for pre-clearance to happen.
The Court heard the second of two cases regarding same-sex marriage this week. Legal scholar Emily Bazelon says the Justices' comments indicate that the Court could strike down the law which prevents legally married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits.
Tuesday's Republican primary election will be another chance for the party's conservative wing to take aim at its more moderate branch. Conservative Richard Mourdock is challenging incumbent moderate Richard Lugar -- and Mourdock has a 10-point lead according to the latest polls.
The Supreme Court begins a new term today, facing a list of cases with several dominant themes: personal privacy, the rights of corporations, and just how far First Amendment protection extends when offensive speech is involved.
We look at what's happening on Capitol Hill this week. Outside the beltway, this week marks the start of earnings season. Investors will be watching closely to see if the economy is on the road to recovery or headed for a double-dip recession.
For further analysis on Elena Kagan's first day of questioning, we talk with Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of law at New York Law School. She will be joining the faculty of Harvard Law School as of Thursday.
In her first day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan had a nearly 20-minute back-and-forth debate with ranking Republican Senator Jeff Sessions. Todd Zwillich, who was in the Senate chamber recaps.
Justice John Paul Stevens announced on Friday that he will retire this June, after 35 years on the bench. Democrats say they want to move quickly into the nomination process in order to have the next justice confirmed by the end of the summer.
There is still a lot that is unknown about President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. The question remains as to whether her positions as solicitor general can tell us what she'd be like as a Supreme Court judge.
President Obama announced yesterday his nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kagan would be the third woman and the third Jew ? the highest number ever of either group ? to sit in the high court.
It's only been a day since President Barack Obama nominated Elena Kagan to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, but political forces on both sides of the aisle have already begun to scrutinize the nominee.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has guarded her professional and personal lives, especially since being nominated for the Supreme Court earlier this week. We talk with two people who knew her at the University of Chicago Law School from 1991 - 1995.
If Elena Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, there will be three women on the bench, six Catholics, three Jews and no Protestants. We asked you how much diversity her nomination would add to the nation's highest court and hear what you have to say.
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